AR Becomes Hard to Find as Possible Gun Ban Nears

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In the last month, gun stores have experienced record-breaking sales of ammunition and assault rifles.

Now that the sales have slowed down recently, several places are experiencing a greater need for supplies.

"I think we'll be able to obtain the ammunition we need for our people to do their job but in the end it's a budget problem," says Simpson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jacky Hunt.

The Sheriff's Office is seeing the repercussions of the recent gun sales increase.

Chief Dep. Hunt says they have the ammunition to protect the community, but he is worried about having enough to train officers.

"To carry any type of firearm which is a shotgun, rifle or pistol, you have to be certified or trained in those categories and to do that you have to have ammunition. The early indications is that there has been a run on ammunition so the ammunition is going to be in short supply," he says.

And that run on ammunition and firearms has left several businesses in short supply.

"They've increased 70-80 percent and ammo is getting harder to come by and so is the AR style rifle that are in question," Gun 'N' More owner Claudis Walker says.

Walker says it will take months to get a new shipment of assault rifles in his store.

He has nearly sold out.

"They're six months to a year out on some production people. Colt, I know is not making as many as they was kind of thinking the ban may hit. Several other people that's made them are the same way so it's slowed down quite a bit on getting the rifle," Walker says.

"I went out and bought one. I stood in line like everybody else did for 12 hours. You couldn't buy them anywhere, but I got one," gun owner, Donnie Collins says.

For Collins, like so many others, it was the national discussion about stricter gun control laws that swayed his decision to buy an assault rifle.